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Social Work BSW Degree

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Program Description

The primary objective of the Social Work curriculum is to prepare students for general professional social work practice. Students selecting social work are required to complete a strong liberal arts curriculum and a core of basic social and behavior science courses including theory, research methods, and statistics.
The professional Social Work curriculum consists of a sequence of fourteen (14) courses or forty-six (46) semester hours. The courses within the sequence are designed to provide a comprehensive study of social welfare systems, social work as a profession, social policy analysis, human behavior and the social environment, direct and macro practice methods, evaluation of practice, and field placement practicum. The major social work values essential for professional practice are important parts of the curriculum. Students are expected to finish the program having basic skills essential for entry level professional social work practice.


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Application to the BSW program are available beginning September 1 and due October 1 for fall applicants and beginning February 1 and due March 1 for spring applicants.

When submitting the application packet, do not place documents in separate covers.  Material should be submitted in a pocket folder with your name and application submission date (i.e., semester and year) in the upper right-hand corner.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Blenda Crayton, BSW Program Director at 919-530-7329 or send an email to bcrayton@nccu.edu.

Application Material Checklist

  • Application
  • Personal Narrative
  • Professional Resume (Effective Fall 2015)
  • Essay (Effective Fall 2015)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable)
  • Criminal Background Information
  • BSW Plan of Study

Submit completed packages to Mary Graham, Miller Morgan Building, Room 202.

Explanation of Application Materials

Application - The application should be legibly (a typed application is preferred) and completed with no information left blank.

Professional Resume (Effective Fall 2015) - The professional resume should include information regarding work, and community/volunteer experience.

Narrative Statement - The narrative should be between 250-300 words.  You should discuss why you have chosen social work as your career goal.  Your discussion should describe the experiences that influenced your decision to become a social worker; the personal attributes that may help you become a professional helping person, and your area(s) of interest (e.g., child welfare, school social work, mental health, etc.).  The narrative should be typed following the APA style of writing (e.g., double-space, 12 font size, and Times New Roman font style).  Be sure to sign your name at the bottom of the narrative statement.

Two Letters of Recommendation - The letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead and speak to the writer’s knowledge of your potential in becoming a social worker.  All letters should be signed by the writer.

Transcript - A copy of the NCCU transcript should be included.  An unofficial transcript is acceptable.  Applicants should have a recorded cumulative GPA or at least one semester at NCCU before making application to the BSW program.

Essay (Effective Fall 2015) - One of the core competencies in the BSW program is “Engage diversity and difference in practice.”

“Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity.  The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.  Social workers appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim.” (CSWE, Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, 2008).

Write a two page paper (APA) format discussing your experiences/interactions with individuals who are different from you.  Be clear and thoughtful in your discussion.

BSW Plan Study - Include the BSW plan of study in your application packet.  Highlight the courses you have satisfied and the courses you are enrolled in at the time you are making application to the BSW program.  At the top of the plan of study, list your advisor’s name and if you are in the University College.

Contact Information

Name: Blenda Crayton, Chair, Department of Social Work and BSW Program Director
Email: bcrayton@nccu.edu
Phone: (919) 530-7329
Fax: (919) 530-7924
Office Location: 202B Miller-Morgan Building
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